At school, we’ve been reading a book about how a group of people learn about their heritage and family history through their encounters with a drum.…

At school, we’ve been reading a book about how a group of people learn about their heritage and family history through their encounters with a drum. It’s inspired me to learn more about my own heritage (which I’ve known little about), and made me realize how important a sense of cultural identity can be.   A person’s cultural heritage, ethnicity, or nationality alone should never entirely define who they are as a person. But behind those cultures are rich histories, and for some who feel that they’re missing some part of information about their identity, cultural history can fill in those holes. There are some things we learn through our family’s stories that are inevitably connected to a culture as a whole, or even the world as a whole.   Sometimes what we learn about our cultures and our families can be both mesmerizing and painful. Sometimes we might be driven to dwell on those painful aspects, but to never face them is to ignore what makes them so painful.   Knowing about your cultural identity can start by asking a relative (or relatives) about traditions and family history.   – Allyson

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